Geologic Gift Ideas

Stumped on what to get the geologist in your life for the upcoming holiday, birthday, or anniversary? Here's a short list of places to shop and gifts to get for that person who loves all things geological. The gift ideas in this geologic gift guide range from serious to wacky, plus a few items to make your jaw drop! Not on the list are all of our favorite books for geologists —for those, visit our book reviews.

Geological Tool Gifts 

The Brunton Co.

The Brunton Company is the maker of world-standard field tools for geologists, starting with their famous compasses many of us know simply as "Bruntons."

Forestry Suppliers

For everything from hammer to sieves, Forestry Suppliers has a great inventory of tools your geologist will enjoy.

Amateur Geologist

Amateur Geologist boasts all sorts of gifts for geologists from the tools they’ll need in the field to books, geological maps, and even fun, educational items for kids.

One can never have too many 10X magnifiers – at least a geologist can’t! Here are our picks for the best magnifiers on the market.

 

Magazine and Guide Gifts for Geologists

Bob's Rock Shop
While Bob doesn't sell rocks at his rock shop (Bob’s Rock Shop is actually an online publication and community for rock enthusiasts), but this great Web destination has advertisers who do—or you can get a subscription to Rock & Gem magazine here.

Earth Magazine
Earth Magazine is one of the best and most popular magazines for those who take geology seriously (the publication was formerly titled Geotimes). You can buy gift subscriptions for your geologist on their site.

Mountain Press Publishing
Mountain Press Publishing’s online bookstore is home to the highly regarded Roadside Guide and Geology Underfoot series of books.

U.S. Geological Survey Maps and More
Yes, the USGS has a store, and it’s full of great gifts for geologists! Find maps, posters, passes, products and more from the world's coolest government agency.

Desert Guides
Desert Guides host an assortment of books about getting around, and even finding wealth, in the desert. Your geologist will get lost in the fascinating information and stories!

 

Minerals, Rocks, and Collectibles Gifts

Science Stuff
Science Stuff, formerly known as Earth Stuff, has gifts for any young scientist. We especially like their Earth science section with rocks, minerals, tools, fossils, and books for smart kids interested in all things geology.

The Mineral Gallery
There are hundreds of mineral shops on the Web, but the Mineral Gallery probably has the best selection of minerals for sale for your geology enthusiast.

Fulgurites
When lightning strikes the ground, sediments are fused together by the energy creating beautiful and unique crystal-like structures. Various mineral dealers sell the melted results as collectibles, you can find them at the link above.

Top Stone Rolling Fountains
These fountains feature large stone spheres spinning miraculously suspended on water. Uniquely beautiful, these gifts are perfect the geologist or rock enthusiast who has everything.

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Sphere's To You
They call themselves the biggest seller of stone spheres in the world, and we believe them. Their selection is incredible.

The Soft Earth
Pottery artist, Joan Lederman, uses pedigreed seafloor mud from Woods Hole's oceanographers to make wonderful objects and collectibles.

U.S. Geological Survey Bench Mark Replicas
Full-size reproductions in pewter of those cool brass bench markers from all around the world from the most famous summits to the South Pole. They even make earrings, pins, pendants, and more.